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White Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vurt on 05-25-2008)
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ONUMello:
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +2.5%

750ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Light yellow, a hint tan, with a 1/2-finger head that settles very quickly, though plenty of nice carbonation
S: Plenty of wheat, coriander, and a hint of citrus. Retains a bit of something I'd describe as unfermented wort
T: Light, with wheat up front, coriander, grass and just a hint if citrus juice
M: Light-bodied with pleasant carbonation
O: Worth a try, no flaws just could use a bit more complexity

05-02-2014 23:34:44 | More by ONUMello
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Florida

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TheSixthRing

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a mountainous, pillowy 3 finger head. Great retention, leaving a thick layer of suds across the surface. Lacing along the glass is thick, and clings to the sides with great ease.

Smell - Tart citrus, like lemon with touches of tangerine, along with clove and some milkiness that I pick up with a lot of witbiers. Wheat. Touches of floral character.

Taste - Lots of citrus bite. Lemon and tangerine. Clove finds its niche by mid-taste, along with some mild funk. Mild banana. Wheat hits near the finish before a balanced finish of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, with a crisp finish.

Overall - I like the mouthfeel with this one. A lot of witbiers suffer from what I think is a watery edge. This has a solid feel. I don't know that it's worth the price, but this is a quality wit.

11-03-2013 04:24:17 | More by TheSixthRing
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chrishiker1409

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-03-2014 20:29:51 | More by chrishiker1409
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MiScusi

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Light straw gold color with an airy white head. Smelled mainly like unmalted wheat. The taste was wheaty like a standard wit but also seemed to have a Belgian yeast characteristic along with that. It finished pretty dry and a bit earthy. Really light, carbonated generously gave it a prickly feeling on the tongue. Pretty good and I would have this again.

05-25-2008 18:37:06 | More by MiScusi
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WestValleyIPA

California

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured aggressively into my Zatec fluted glass. Got about a finger of head that died quicker than a 75 year old grandma playing Pacman. Smells of clove, coriander and citrus peel. Rather highly carbonated, and tastes about like it smells. Citrusy, Belgian Yeast and clove are prevalent. Definitely refreshing and a tasty afternoon/food beer. Good to see decent craft brews coming from the LA area.

05-16-2010 06:07:57 | More by WestValleyIPA
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +7%

750mL bottle opens with an explosive bang. served in a tumbler glass. Batch 74, slightly overcharged... too much priming sugar I heard, but it tasted fine.

Adequately murky pastel golden orange, with racing champagne carbonation. Lasting white foam on top, not much lacing worth mentioning.

Coriander in the aroma, vague citrus. Fairly mellow and not especially pungent.

Soft mellow feel, somewhat gaseous, chalky aftertaste, phenolic clove and coriander spice. Dusty wafer candy, flowery sweetness, dry finish. Medium bodied, again with a supple feel. Overall enjoyable if you like witbiers, fairly fine tuned and a touch rustic.

10-06-2011 06:01:09 | More by emerge077
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caseyoharaa

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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nataku00

California

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%

Bottle poured into a flute glass. Beer pours a lightly cloudy (swirled up a bit of yeast) golden yellow with two fingers of fluffy foamy head. Head dissipated quickly to nothing, leaving no lacing or any remnant of head. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass though.

Nose is lemony, coriander, and pale malts. Not much yeast influence on the nose, which is a bit strange.

Taking a sip, light citrus peel bitterness, sweeter lemon, light floral note as well. A bit of coriander comes through as it sits on the tongue. Light biscuit and grain malt sweetness mid tongue, finishing clean with no aftertaste.

Light bodied and very carbonated, though not offensively so. Very refreshing, but not very flavorful or complex with the use of the yeast.

04-01-2012 22:48:47 | More by nataku00
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jegross2

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -7%

Reviewing the Telegraph White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company.
Score: 77

2011 vintage bomber bottle shared, poured in a wine goblet.

Aroma: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger and a half of bubbly head that settles into a very thin layer. 2.5/5

Smell: White grape sweetness, a little tannic-acid and pinot grigio white wine. Apples and some banana-wheat yeastiness -- reminds me a lot of Ephemere from Unibroue. 3.5/5

Taste: Spiced banana bread upfront. A little tart white wine grape on the mid-palate. Sweet-and-sour. Crisp, acidic grape sweetness finish 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high-medium carbonation. Very fizzy mouthfeel. Finish is sweet/sour. 3/5

Overall: A very non-offensive beer that is nothing special.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers may enjoy the fizzy flavors, while more experienced beer drinkers can find more complex brews within the style.

Pairings: Salad.

Cost: $8.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

12-28-2011 08:17:19 | More by jegross2
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Andy1618

California

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pale hazy gold with plenty of head... which dies quickly.

S - Strong fruit aromas and coriander, with a little bit of orange sourness.

T - Very spicy. Citrus and wheat dominate, with a strong coriander/pepper backbone. A little bit of floral quality from the chamomile.

M - Very bubbly, but pretty watery. Flavor fades quickly but spiciness lingers.

D - Overall pretty tasty and refreshing... a good brew, but there are better witbiers out there for a lower price.

04-03-2010 07:56:52 | More by Andy1618
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plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

On draft at TAPS, Petaluma, CA.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured light esters, coriander and citrus.

The taste was likewise eatery with the traditional spices. The flavor was a bit thin however.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a serviceable wit.

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California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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California

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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a thick and bubbly white head that recedes to heavy lace. Nose of yeast and candy sugar with some wheat and tart fruits. On the front of the palate, the candy sugar, wheat and tart fruits come through with peach and green apple on the middle and wheat dominates the finish. The body is fairly light with above average carbonation and a pretty short finish. This beer is quite nice and super drinkable.

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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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raulazzer

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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womencantsail

California

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

A: The pour is a very pale yellow color with lots of haze and a massive white head.

S: Not a very appealing nose to this beer. Corn, sour wheat, and lemon juice are apparent right away. Some mild bread and spice notes, but not very witbier-esque.

T: A little improvement on the tongue, but not much. More sourness, mostly in the form of lemons, some lightly tart wheat, a very mild spice character and notes of sweet bread.

M: The body is light with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I really like their Reserve Wheat Ale, so I was hoping this would be good. Unfortunately, not the case.

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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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cookedw

California

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

Serving: bottle (Batch #70)

a - The beer was a pale cloudy yellow with a bright white, big bubbled head that dissipated quickly and left absolutely zero lacing.

s - The aroma had a very strong apple note up-front (Gala, not tart) with a little bit of the orange hidden behind. Not as yeasty as I was expecting. Unfortunately, the quickly dissipating head took away some of the more interesting apple notes while drinking.

t - The spices are strong at the front, prominently allspice. There's a really subtle note of citrus from the orange, but it's very mild, and I only noticed it over the length of the bottle. The ending is reasonably dry and reminded me of a chardonnay. It's a pretty nice flavor, but it's very light.

m - While the head was virtually non-existent, the tiny bubbles in the beer made for a pretty nice mouthfeel. I could have done with maybe a touch more carbonation, but it gave the beer more of a champagne like feel.

o - This is a really mild beer that I would use in the same way as a white wine, pairing it with an opening sheep's mlk cheese/crackers or if trying to win over a champagne fan. I thought it was a little watery and would have liked a bit more punch from something and a more lingering head, but it was still a pleasant beverage.

05-30-2011 01:28:48 | More by cookedw
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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -11.5%

750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire (aka cage) cap over a cork acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; this brewery has turned out some surprisingly good brews. Label art is simple. Batch No. 121. "Unfiltered. Bottle conditioned. Ale brewed with spices and chamomile."

Reviewed cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Decent thickness. Little creaminess. Not much froth. No lacing as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a cloudy yellow of average vibrance. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style. No overt flaws are obvious, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Lemon peel, floral hop character, chamomile (when I look for it after prompting from the label; I doubt I'd notice it otherwise), coriander/cilantro, pilsner malts, wheat, and citrus zest. Maybe some clove from the yeast. No alcohol is detectable. I don't detect any off notes. A pleasant appealing aroma of above average to mild strength. Pretty typical of the style.

T: Light tartness. The lemon peel is wonderfully complemented by the spicy coriander/cilantro and clove. The subtle spiciness is really lovely here; I'd almost say it seems like some rye malt might have been used. Citrusy zest. Floral hop character suits the flavour profile nicely. The body is built from wheat malt primarily with some clean pilsner malts and crystal malts filling it out. Some apple. A bit of clove. Overall, it's a nicely balanced witbier, but the chamomile doesn't come through as much as I'd hoped. A bit grainy. Some limited subtlety is at play here. Could be more complex. No alcohol comes through. Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity and depth are above average.

Mf: Biting and overcarbonated, but also zesty and wet. Not quite refreshing. Surprisingly coarse for the style. Its presence on the palate is too assertive; it should be lighter and more approachable. Not oily or harsh. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't come off custom-tailored to it - nor is the bottle conditioning evident (how is the carbonation this rampant if it was bottle conditioned?). Full bodied. Too thick.

Dr: Drinkable but ultimately not worth its pricetag. A nice little witbier from Telegraph, but I see no reason to pick it up again with better witbiers out there at a better or comparable price. I appreciate the attempt, but it didn't come out fantastic. Still, it's a nice if overly aggressive brew in the style, and I'm glad I got to try it. I could drink another, but I wouldn't go out of my way to.

C+

07-31-2013 06:34:24 | More by kojevergas
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vurt

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Enjoyed on tap at Lucky Baldwin's on the first night of their Telegraph "festival" (6 Telegraph beers on tap). Served in the festival glassware-- a Telegraph-branded 16 oz. tumbler. (It's not like I need another beer glass; it's more like I can't turn down a good looking beer glass...)

Appearance:
A hazy, pale-yellow colored beer with an apricot-orange tinge, topped by a fluffy white head which dissipates into a thin skin and a persistent collar.

Smell:
A good combination of fruit, spice, and grain. Peppery hops with notes of nectarines and Bartlett pears. There's also some toffee and an earthy funk similar to the potato-skin character in the nose of Telegraph's California Ale.

Taste:
Grainy and nutty (sunflower seeds?) at first, followed by zesty banana and citrus. Finishes with light cloves, Wheat Thins, and orange peel. Very quenching and more-ish.

Mouthfeel:
Light-bodied and refreshing. Significant carbonation clears the palate at each swallow, yet the spicy/grainy character lingers and urges the next sip.

Drinkability:
Low in alcohol, light in body, but long on flavor. A tasty witbier which just might become my go-to summer beer when the months turn hot.

05-25-2008 06:43:53 | More by vurt
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White Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.